Putin says Russia has set up a ‘reserve police force’ to back Belarus’s Lukashenko
It will not be used yet
Russia, at the request of the President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko, has formed a reserve of law enforcement officers, but it will not be used yet.
This was stated by Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday in a television interview. A fragment of the conversation was shown in the 60 minutes program.
Alexander G. [Lukashenko] asked me to form a certain reserve of law enforcement officers. And I did it. But we also agreed that it will not be used until the situation gets out of control, ” the president said..
Putin believes that the position of the Russian Federation regarding the events in Belarus is much more neutral than that of other countries, including Western.
In my opinion, we behave much more restrained and neutral in relation to the events in Belarus than many other countries, Europeans and Americans, – he said.
As previously reported by the Russian service of the Voice of America, Stephen Beegan, the second most important American diplomat, completed talks on Wednesday in Moscow with senior representatives of the Russian government. The two-day visit of the Undersecretary of State to Moscow was aimed at resolving differences between the United States and Russia on a number of issues, including the ongoing political crisis in Belarus and the likely poisoning of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny..
Stephen Bigan’s visit to the Russian capital demonstrated Washington’s intensified efforts to find a peaceful solution to the crisis in Belarus, where thousands of demonstrators continue to oppose the August 9 presidential election, which, according to official figures, was won by incumbent President Alexander Lukashenko.
The US authorities agree with the protesters that the accuracy of the vote count can be questioned. They also sharply criticized the mass arrests, beatings and torture of demonstrators..
According to regional media, the statement of the President of Russia was commented on by the Prime Minister of Poland Mateusz Morawiecki.
“The Polish government calls on Russia to abandon plans for military intervention in Belarus under the false pretext of“ restoring control ”. This is a hostile act that violates international law and human rights for the Belarusian people, which must decide its own fate, “Moravetsky wrote on his Twitter..
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